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Dr Diana Petkova

Senior lecturer


I joined Kingston University in 2006 to work on my PhD and became a lecturer in 2009. I am currently a senior lecturer and a module leader of CE4113 and CE7111. I am a member of the teaching teams of Structural Design 1&2 (CE5013, CE6013), Structural Design in Concrete and Steel (CE7112), Sustainable Infrastructure and others.

My research interests include: effect of elevated and high temperatures on structures, strengthening of RC structures, FRP reinforcement and engineered timber elements, durability and sustainability of new structural elements.

Areas of specialism

  • Reinforced concrete design
  • Design of timber structures
  • FRP Strengthening of RC structures
  • Design with FRP reinforcement
  • Effect of elevated temperatures and fire on structural elements
  • Durability and sustainability of FRP strengthened or reinforced elements
  • Design of novel timber products
  • Bridge design
  • Dynamic effects on structures
  • Concrete repairs


  • 2006: University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria :MEng in Transportation Engineering, specialization
  • 2010: Kingston University London, UK, PhD. in Civil Engineering

Professional membership

IStructE: Graduate member, member of the South Eastern counties regional group, member of the Research Panel, chair of Kingston discussion group

IIFC: member of the International Institute for FRP in construction


I am interested in the effect of elevated and high temperatures and fire on structural elements, strengthening and design. Currently working on FRP strengthened structural elements, FRP as internal reinforcement, engineered timber elements, durability and petrographic analysis of materials


Number of items: 10.


Akhundzada, Hikmatullah, Donchev, Ted and Petkova, Diana (2019) Strengthening of slab-column connection against punching shear failure with CFRP laminates. Composite Structures, 208, pp. 656-664. ISSN (print) 0263-8223

Petkova, Diana, Donchev, Ted and Wen, Jennifer (2014) Experimental study of the performance of CFRP strengthened small scale beams after heating to high temperatures. Construction and Building Materials, 68, pp. 55-61. ISSN (print) 0950-0618

Book Section

Petkova, D., Donchev, T. and Wen, J. (2009) FE modelling of the effect of elevated temperatures on the anchoring of CFRP laminates. In: Limbachiya, Mukesh C. and Kew, Hsein Y., (eds.) Excellence in concrete construction through innovation. London, U.K. : Taylor & Francis. pp. 351-355. ISBN 9780415475921

Conference or Workshop Item

Mirshekari, M., Donchev, T., Petkova, D. and Limbachiya, M. (2015) Influence of the degree of prestressing on the behaviour of BFRP reinforced beams. In: The 12th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-12) & The 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Structures (APFIS-2015); 14-16 Dec 2015, Nanjing, China.

Tavallaee, Mahmood, Donchev, Ted, Petkova, Diana, Hadavinia, Homayoun and Mirshekari, Mohammad (2014) Bi-directional strengthening of two-way spanning reinforced concrete slabs using fiber reinforced polymers. In: The 7th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2014); 20 - 22 Aug 2014, Vancouver, Canada.

Petkune, N., Donchev, T., Petkova, D., Hadavinia, H., Limbachiya, M.C. and Hussein, Y. (2012) Opportunities for strengthening of damaged steel shear walls. In: 1st International Conference on Civil Engineering Infrastructure Based on Polymer Composites; 22 - 23 Nov 2012, Krakow, Poland.

Petkova, D. and Donchev, T. (2011) Residual strength of CFRP strengthened beams after heating and cooling. In: Concrete Solutions 2011, 4th International Conference on Concrete Repair; 26-28 Sep 2011, Dresden, Germany.

Petkova, D., Donchev, T. and Wen, J. (2008) FE modelling of the effect of elevated temperatures on the anchoring of CFRP laminates. In: International Conference on Concrete Construction; 9-10 September 2008, Kingston-upon-Thames, U.K.. ISBN 9780415475921

Petkova, Diana, Donchev, T., Wen, J., Etebar, K. and Hadavinia, H. (2007) Effect of elevated temperatures on the bond between FRP and concrete. In: Interflam 2007: 11th International Fire Science and Engineering Conference; 3-5 Sept 2007, London, U.K.. (Conference Proceedings Volumes 1 & 2 interflam 2007) ISBN 9780955654800


Petkova, Diana (2010) Behaviour of RC beams strengthened with CFRP laminates at elevated temperatures. (PhD thesis), Kingston University,

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